Myself and two “never-beens” had dinner at Stone Bowl last week. In a small strip mall at 1987 Hendersonville Rd, (South) Asheville, NC, it’s easy to miss. Whatever you do, don’t miss it!
Korean cuisine is well-known by some, but is new to many in the Carolinas. Stone Bowl staff are exceptionally friendly and more than willing to describe various dishes and explain how things work.
You’ll know you’re eating Korean when the Banchan (side dishes) arrive at your table. These can be few or many, and are meant to be shared throughout the meal. Some restaurants will re-fill if needed. I didn’t think to ask our server if Stone Bowl does this.
There are so many different kinds of Banchan, restaurants change them out every now and then. We had:
- Top left to right:: Potatoes with Sweet Glaze, Traditional Kimchi (cabbage & radish), and Pan-Fried Tofu
- Bottom left to right: Cucumber Kimchi, Bean Sprouts, Pickled Radish (one of my faves), and Seaweed Salad.
I love their various namesake dishes – Stone Bowls. Not only are they delicious and very filling, they’re fun to order. Showing up at your table sizzling hot with an over-medium egg on top, your server will immediately stir everything up, cooking the egg further in the process.
Your server will ask you how spicy you’d like your Bowl and add hot sauce accordingly. It’s left on the table for you to add more if you wish. Baby steps, my friend, baby steps.
Rice that touches the sides of the bowl becomes “crunchy”. If it touches too long, very crunchy (read overcooked), so stir things around as you’re eating. That bowl stays hot for a long time.
This time I had #D1 – Bul Go Gi Stonebowl ($15). Menu descriptions for the bowls assume you know the bowl will be filled with rice and vegetables, adding only the feature ingredient for that bowl. Mine was “marinated slices of beef”. Half of it came home with me, as usual.
My daughter had #R2 – Bok Um Bab (12). She chose chicken as her protein served in a fried rice mixture. It wasn’t especially photo-worthy, hence, no photo. Tasted good, though. She also brought home half for dinner the following night.
PIC ordered #F2 – Je Yuk Bok Um ($14), described on the menu as “spicy stir fried pork with various vegetables”. It’s served with white rice. I’m okay with the generic “various vegetables”, figuring that whatever is in season and fresh goes into the dish.
According to PIC, the meat was tender, the dish was tasty and it was like, “their version of Broccoli Beef, but with pork”. Bless his heart.
Plan a meal, lunch or dinner, at Stone Bowl. You’ll enjoy interacting with staff and even more, the food!
- If you go for lunch, try a Bento (Lunch) Box (NOT AVAILABLE DURING DINNER HOURS) – See photos in this Epicurean Guest Blog by David (and Laura) Miller.
- Read Happy Little Bento for amazingly cute and nutritious ideas. I used to pack creative school lunches based on Bento Boxes back in the day, but never reached the heights of my Asian friends.
- Didn’t catch their sanitation score, but the dining area was spic and span.
Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant
1987 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803